Friday, April 2, 2010

In the Midst of Thieves

One on His right, one on His left;
All were sentenced unto death.
One hurled insults, one defended
One found life, the other’s ended.

One repented, one maligned
All saw grace through Him defined.
One by Christ found paradise,
One defiant, paid the price.

One feared God and saw the vision
All there witnessed their decisions.
One there asked to be remembered
One alone, would meet the embers.

One like you, face this decision
All will come to this division.
One found life, the other death.
Choose while there remains a breath.

By Tom Valles

Luke 23: 39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. (KJV)

1 comment:

Chantel said...

All i have to say is Amen!- the speed of the poem captures the intensity of being in the middle of a decision- the contrast througout the poem actually gave me the impression if being pulled back and forth, I could feel the tug of war, sorta speak. Beautifully captured.